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Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Dark Nights Metal #5 top reorder last week; Sienkiewicz Walking Dead covers lead advance reorders for March, April

by John Jackson Miller

We're hearing about more reorders and advance reorders that comics shops placed in February with Diamond Comic Distributors. Let's look first at how the books already in stores fared, and move on to the future:

TOP REORDERED ITEMS for Feb. 5-Feb. 11, 2018 (in invoiced dollars)

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These are items that have already shipped, but have been receiving additional orders from retailers. In most cases below, the items are in stock and so the orders are being filled; occasionally items are back-ordered, so their reorders will enter into the channel once they become available.

These are ranked by invoiced dollars, so retailers' discounts have already applied to the totals before ranking.

The top reordered comic book was DC's Dark Nights Metal #5, which went on sale January 31. The top Feburary-shipping comic book in reorders was a Feb. 7 release, the Swamp Thing Winter Special, featuring the last story by the late Len Wein. The issue is sold out at Diamond.

The House of Secrets: The Bronze Age Omnibus from DC was the top hardcover. The $125 volume went on sale on Feb. 7.

Image's Saga Vol. 8 trade paperback, the top graphic novel for December, was the top reordered softcover for the fifth week in a row.

The links in the table go to the Diamond information pages for each book.

Item and Diamond Catalog LinkPricePublisher
1Dark Nights Metal #5$3.99 DC
2House of Secrets The Bronze Age Omnibus HC$125.00 DC
3Absolute Wonder Woman by Azzarello & Chiang HC Vol. 2$125.00 DC
4Saga TPB Vol. 8$14.99 Image
5My Favorite Thing Is Monsters Vol. 1 (Res)$39.99 Fantagraphics
6Flash Annual #1$4.99 DC
7Infinity Gauntlet TPB$24.99 Marvel
8Doomsday Clock #3 Var Ed$4.99 DC
9Divinity Comp Trilogy Dlx Ed HC$59.99 Valiant
10Saga TPB Vol. 1$9.99 Image
11Ninjak Complete Classic Omnibus HC$99.99 Valiant
12Cannon Wally Wood HC$35.00 Fantagraphics
13Batman Flash The Button Deluxe Ed HC$19.99 DC
14Vision HC$39.99 Marvel
15Saga TPB Vol. 7$14.99 Image
16Detective Comics Annual #1$4.99 DC
17Doomsday Clock #2$4.99 DC
18Daredevil Shadowland Omnibus HC Tan DM Var$125.00 Marvel
19Black Panther TPB Book 01 Nation Under Our Feet$16.99 Marvel
20Black Hammer TPB Vol. 2 The Event$19.99 Dark Horse
21Swamp Thing Winter Special #1$7.99 DC
22Watchmen TPB New Ed$19.99 DC
23Moebius Library Inside Moebius HC Vol. 1$39.99 Dark Horse
24Silencer #1$2.99 DC
25Saga Dlx Ed HC Vol. 2$49.99 Image

And now on to the future...

 for Feb. 5-Feb. 11, 2018, 2018 (in full retail dollars)

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These are items that have not yet shipped, but for which the Final Order Deadlines have passed. 

These reorders, if books are available to fill them, may or may not land in the same shipping month as the books' release weeks, so a book's presence on this chart can mean that an item might make a repeat appearance in Diamond's monthly top-seller charts.

The top advance-reordered comic book was the Bill Sienkiewicz variant cover to Walking Dead #177, which goes on sale March 7. The Sienkiewicz variants have appeared a lot on the reorder lists of late; the variant cover for #178 is the top advance-reordered comic book for April, due out on the 4th. Amazing Spider-Man #797 was in second place overall.

The March-slated Oblivion Song by Kirkman and De Felici Collector's Edition was third among advance-reordered comics; Diamond informed retailers this week that due to unforeseen circumstances, a portion of the copies would not be available on March 7 but would ship soon afterward.

No hardcovers or softcovers of any kind in the advance reorder list, as happens sometimes.

This chart is ranked by full retail dollars and not units, or wholesale dollars.

Item and Diamond Catalog LinkPricePublisher
1Walking Dead #177 Cvr B Sienkiewicz$3.99 Image
2Amazing Spider-Man #797 Leg$3.99 Marvel
3Oblivion Song by Kirkman & De Felici #1 Collectors Ed$200.00 Image
4Oblivion Song by Kirkman & De Felici #1$3.99 Image
5Thanos #13 3rd Ptg Shaw Var Leg$3.99 Marvel
6Avengers #683 Leg$3.99 Marvel
7Amazing Spider-Man #797 Ramos Connecting Var Leg$3.99 Marvel
8Amazing Spider-Man #797 Mcguinness Var Leg$3.99 Marvel
9Gideon Falls #1 Virgin Cvr$3.99 Image
10Avengers #679 2nd Ptg Jacinto Var Leg$3.99 Marvel
11Amazing Spider-Man #797 Crain Mighty Thor Var Leg$3.99 Marvel
12X-Men Red #2 Leg Ww$3.99 Marvel
13Realm Spec Ed HC Vol. 1$39.99 Image
14Infinity Countdown #1 Leg$4.99 Marvel
15X-Men Red #1 2nd Ptg Asrar Var Leg$4.99 Marvel
16True Believers Venom Vs Spider-Man #1$1.00 Marvel
17Walking Dead #178 Cvr B Sienkiewicz$3.99 Image
18East of West #36 Cvr B Virgin Wraparound$3.99 Image
19Doctor Strange Damnation #2 Tarnation Var Leg$3.99 Marvel
20Captain America #699 Leg$3.99 Marvel
21Venom #163 Leg$3.99 Marvel
22Mister Miracle #5 2nd Ptg$3.99 DC
23Doctor Strange Damnation #2 Leg$3.99 Marvel
24Gideon Falls #1 Cvr A Sorrentino$3.99 Image
25Infinity Countdown #1 Captain Marvel Holds Infinity V$4.99 Marvel

We've seen enough reorders and advance from the past few weeks from Diamond Comic Distributors to be able to collate some information onto pages for February 2018 and March 2018. A page for April 2018 has also been started. Check them out for a further glance at the future.

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